But pray you that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
The winter season is especially full of temptation, because of the long evenings allowing such full swing for evil indulgences. You can hardly expect a young man to go into his room and sit there from seven to eleven o'clock in the evening, reading Morley's "Dutch Republic" or John Foster's Essays. It would be a very beautiful thing for him to do, but he will not do it. Then the winter has especial temptations in the fact that many homes are peculiarly unattractive at this season. In the summer months the young man can sit out on the steps, or he can have a bouquet in the vase on the mantel, or, the evenings being so short, soon after gaslight he wants to retire, anyhow. But there are many parents who do not understand how to make the long winter evenings attractive to their children.
Parallel VersesKJV: But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: